The Sunshine State is full of hidden wonders just waiting to be discovered. One of the most amazing things to do in Florida is exploring the winding waterways near Orlando. You'll feel as if you're on a jungle safari as you paddle down these flowing Venetian-style channels.

The canals at Winter Park Chain of Lakes twist and turn through astonishingly tropical surroundings. You can paddleboard, kayak, or take a boat ride through these scenic channels at Winter Park. 

This picturesque tour is a must for adventurous Floridians and is located less than 20 minutes from Orlando. So if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, this is the perfect weekend excursion.

If you love to kayak, Get Up And Go Kayaking currently offers guides of these unusual canals, leading you through meandering pathways past lush plantlife. You can also take a glowing evening tour for a special date night, Jane and Tarzan style. 

If kayaking's not your thing, Otter Paddle Orlando offers a paddleboarding option of Winter Park Chain of Lakes. You can stand and paddle through or just sit and float beneath the bridge archways and hanging Spanish moss.  

You'll be treated with views of breathtakingly bright flowers and gently swaying palms on your tour. Go during the daytime to see pretty sunlight rays shining through the leaves. 

You can also go for a boat ride through the channels for a relaxing cruise experience past jungle-like sights. There is even a scenic boat tour that'll feel like you're in the Jungle Book as you glide beneath massive trees

This one-of-a-kind spot in Florida is the weekend getaway you didn't realize you needed. Get out there and have some fun!

Winter Park Clear Kayaking

Price: $50 daytime kayaking

Address: 410 Ollie Ave, Winter Park, FL

Why You Need To Go: Glide through these hidden canals for the adventure of a lifetime. 

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